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Sunday, March 13, 2022

Giants To Sign Carlos Martinez

Longtime Cardinals right-hander Carlos Martinez has agreed to a deal with the Giants, as Martinez himself announced this evening on Instagram. Martinez, an Octagon client, is signing a minor league deal that’d guarantee him $2.5MM upon making the roster, tweets Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. That salary could grow to $4MM based on incentives.

Martinez, 30, is a two-time All-Star who not long ago looked like one of the game’s best up-and-coming young arms. From 2015-19, Martinez’s age-23 through age-27 seasons, he pitched to a combined 3.22 ERA through 747 innings while spending time both as the Cardinals’ top starter and primary closer. Injuries, however, have sent the righty’s career off the rails in recent seasons.

A shoulder issue in Spring Training 2019 delayed Martinez’s start to the season and ultimately helped push him to the bullpen that season (where he fared quite well). Martinez missed nearly seven weeks in 2020 following a lengthy bout with Covid-19, and he strained an oblique muscle not long after returning, all of which combined to limit him to just 20 innings (and a grisly 9.90 ERA). Martinez had a a handful of dominant starts early in the 2021 season, but he sustained a torn ligament in his right thumb that eventually required surgery and ended his season in early July.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 13, 2022 at 11:45 PM | 2 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. The Duke Posted: March 14, 2022 at 12:47 AM (#6067682)
I loved Carlos and wish his time with the Cardinals had worked out. Early In his career he was a great, fun-loving pitcher. I don’t know if it was the shoulder injury or something in his personal life but he seemed so unhappy the last couple years.

Super-talented before his injury. I wish him well and hope he finds the good juju in SF
   2. salvomania Posted: March 14, 2022 at 09:55 AM (#6067694)
Good luck, and I mean that. I was always excited every time he stepped on the mound, but between the injuries and the inconsistency, he could never make that leap to being a reliable front-line starting pitcher.

He's a guy who has all the physical tools but seems to still be a thrower instead of a pitcher.

Maybe his future is in the bullpen---he is six years removed from his high-water season as a starter, is entering his age-30 season, and even though he hasn't relieved since 2019, his last real success came in 2018-2019 when he was closing.

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